Summer Safety Reminders and Tips

Summer Break Safety Tips

The summertime is often filled with long hot days in the sun that can include swimming, playing outside, biking, hiking and more! We hope you have a safe summer and would like to share important water, sun and bike safety reminders for families from the Irvine Police Department (IPD), the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

ABCs of Water Safety from OCFA

Remember the ABC’s of water safety:

  • A – Active Adult Supervision.
  • B – Barriers to prevent toddlers and children from falling into the pool.
  • C – Classes, so children know how to swim are important. Do not rely on swimming aids for safety.

Select your language for more information about the ABC’s of water safety and a reminder to never swim alone: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Farsi

Visit the OCFA drowning prevention webpage for more tips and videos.  

E-Bike and Bike Safety from IPD
  • A detailed explanation of e-bike safety rules, laws and tips.
  • For protection, always wear a helmet that the American National Standards Institute has approved. 
  • Ride a bike that is in good working condition and properly fits to size.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals and ride predictably. Stay away from cars, abide by traffic rules and laws, and communicate intentions to others with clear signals or gestures. 
  • Always carry a lock to secure a bike once you arrive at your destination. 
  • Register bikes with the Irvine Police Department, which will help to recover them in the event of theft.

Visit the City of Irvine’s website for more Bike Safety Tips. In addition, the Irvine Police Department has created a traffic safety video with important tips for e-bike and bicycle safety for the Irvine Community.

Sun Safety 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the summer months contain UVA and UVB rays at their peak intensity, which can lead to painful sunburns that have long-term, damaging effects on the skin. Each day, it is important to apply sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 or higher. One way to avoid direct sunlight exposure is to seek shade whenever it may be available. When there is no shade in sight, wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours. In addition, wearing protective clothing, sunglasses and hats can help prevent sun damage.  

Best wishes for a fun and safe summer!